CHARLOTTE, NC – Cam Newton's rehab after his second shoulder surgery in three adverse reasons has gone so well that the Carolina Panthers are not planning for the moment to hire a veteran as a veteran. independent player.
Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday, during the NFL screening campaign in Indianapolis, that all the reports on the league's most valuable player 2015 were "positive" and that he was pleased with the depth of the team with quarterback Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen.
Allen is under contract for the 2019 season and Heinicke is a restricted free agent who should be re-signed. Everyone had a start on the last two games of last season after the Panthers put Newton at rest due to shoulder pains.
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After targeting the attack at the top of the last two projects, the Panthers' movements to date indicate that it is time to create a youth movement for the defense.
"Currently, we are very satisfied with our position as a quarterback," Rivera said. "We are very pleased with what we got at the end of the year for both Taylor and Kyle, and both guys showed their ability.
"If we did something, it would probably be in the draft, so developing that guy is important, but we're really very attached to the guys we have."
More importantly, the Panthers are confident that Newton's cure after arthroscopic surgery will be complete in time to allow him to start the season.
"From what I've learned in reports, Cam's progress has been very good," Rivera said. "He's following all his workouts, just knowing that it gives you a bit of confidence for the future."
Rivera is also confident that Newton will have Greg Olsen in the Pro Bowl attack this season.
The New York Post reported earlier this week that Olsen had received offers from ESPN and Fox Sports regarding the switchover to broadcasting in 2019. A source close to the situation confirmed to ESPN that "I have not been able to do anything about it." Olsen had been seen offering jobs, but playing this season seems to be his priority.
Olsen recently confided to ESPN that if the rehabilitation was going well, he hoped to regain the level of elite he was in from 2014 to 2016, when he became the first tight end of his life. NFL history to have three consecutive receiving seasons of 1,000 yards.
Rivera said that he was "very comfortable" Olsen will play.
"Greg said he wanted to play," Rivera said. "So in the future, I'm very happy with that … … until he tells me otherwise, I'm planning his return."
Rivera has an offensive concern. He wants to reduce the number of games for running back Christian McCaffrey, who took 91.3% of the catches last season.
Although he is satisfied with the number of touches touched by McCaffrey – 20.3 (13.6 per game in the race, 6.7 per game) – he would like to give more chances to the 8th place of the draft of 2017 McCaffrey racked up 1,098 yards in 219 carries and had 107 assists, the team record – a one-season record for the half defeated – with 867 yards.
"Understanding what Christian did last year, how many reps he played, that's something that concerns us," Rivera said. "These are just extra pieces, we really need to look at this and find a way to unload it."
Rivera is waiting at a left tackle Matt Kalil, who missed last season with a knee injury, is back. Kalil, who signed a $ 55.5 million deal over five years before the 2017 season, could be released in order to save $ 7.25 million in space.
The release of Kalil would also represent $ 14.7 million in lost money.
"Well, yes," said Rivera to the question of whether Kalil was part of the plans for 2019, "because he is here preparing to leave."